The End of Liberalism: The Second Republic of the United States

Theodore J. Lowi


The End of Liberalism: The Second Republic of the United States

The End of Liberalism: The Second Republic of the United States

  • Title: The End of Liberalism: The Second Republic of the United States
  • Author: Theodore J. Lowi
  • ISBN: 9780393934328
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Paperback



The main argument which Lowi develops through this book is that the liberal state grew to its immense size and presence without self examination and without recognizing that its pattern of growth had problematic consequences Its engine of growth was delegation The government expanded by responding to the demands of all major organized interests, by assuming responsibilitThe main argument which Lowi develops through this book is that the liberal state grew to its immense size and presence without self examination and without recognizing that its pattern of growth had problematic consequences Its engine of growth was delegation The government expanded by responding to the demands of all major organized interests, by assuming responsibility for programs sought by those interests, and by assigning that responsibility to administrative agencies Through the process of accommodation, the agencies became captives of the interest groups, a tendency Lowi describes as clientelism This in turn led to the formulation of new policies which tightened the grip of interest groups on the machinery of government.


Recent Comments "The End of Liberalism: The Second Republic of the United States"

This book doesn't get five stars because it's perfect, or because I agree with everything in it, but because it's such a brilliant example of what a work of political science can be. Lowi combines clarity, insight, and passion in addressing the transformation of American government that occurred in the 20th century. Lowi argues that the reigning, even if sometimes unrecognized, American ideology is "interest group liberalism." Having given up on the idea of a common good that exists separately f [...]

I'm a bit tired, so forgive me. The thesis of this work is absolutely spot-on. Lowi makes the case that what we're seeing in America, what he terms the "second republic," is the rise of interest-group liberalism, a variant or evolution of classic liberalism, which favors delegation of authority over rule of law and is much of the cause for the disjointed, ineffective federal policies we see today. It was especially fascinating to read this book during a presidential election (really any major po [...]

In its day, an important work. The argument is that interest groups, in the then-ascendant liberal society, played a great role in the governance process. Government tended to respond to the interests, and administrative departments tended to defer nto them. This was the case in both Democratic and Republican administrations. Sometimes slow reading, but an interesting and--in its day--important thesis.

A great book that might see its time to come again in todays extremely liberal country we are living in. Hopefully we will see an end to this fake two party system. By reading this book I see that the ideas of what is Liberal and Democrat or Republican are slightly different today. Interesting, because if you dont read up on your history, you can be fooled much easier by these false politicians today who claim to be this or that when they are really the exact opposite,

I wish more people understood that this country runs on what Lowi describes as "interest group liberalism" (a variant on the policy pluralism school of thought). Politicians denounce 'special interests' and say they'll stand up for the 'public interest', but this is usually meaningless in practice, and only goes unchallenged because if its sheer cloudy vagueness.


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